Well took the 2004 VL800 apart today, took everything off, put in new plugs, took the carb off and cleaned it. Replaced all the vacuum lines and fuel lines, took the clutch ruining oil out of it and put in the good stuff and put in a new headlight bulb. And put in my new battery.
Got stymied for awhile, started raining buckets, had to do a mad dash to get all my tools in off the patio where I was working and get it covered quick, and of course it started pouring right after I pulled both plugs and the carb open holes everywhere lol. And while I did everything while I was in there, there is no doubt that it was the carb. It was filthy, when I pulled the air intake, it was completely brown inside, the two jets to the side of the velocity cone were partially clogged, and only one of the two accelerator pump jets was dribbling a little bit. Put it back together and now get two good streams into the throat when I twist the throttle.
Put it all back together and kept my fingers crossed, took a little bit to get the gas back through the lines, but after a few coughs and a couple of fires, it started right up. Shut it off and let it get dead cold, and after a couple of twists of the throttle, and a couple of quick taps it started right up. It's running smooth now on a medium RPM like if cruising. Still sputters now and again, but I think once I get some driving on it, it will smooth out.
Now just have to wait on spring. I put a little Chemtool in the fuel to keep it stabilized until warm weather.